Doctors >Mc Ellistrem, Megan L, Do - Partners Obstetrics & Gyn
1737 Beam Ave, Maplewood, MN | Directions 5510945.028101 -93.027571
Neighborhoods: Maplewood - Oakdale
Wonderful People – This is an all-women clinic but there were husbands at the pregnancy classes and the nurse took extra time for my questions. I dont like waiting but the employees were nicer than at big clinics. Dr. McEllistrem was kind of no-nonsense, though we wanted a doc who knew what she was doing. I felt like we got good attention. She saw my wife at every appointment and delivered our little girl. These are good people.
Nice doctors, BUT for women over 40, not so nice? – I have been a patient at Partners for 2 years now. My most recent pelvic exam was with a Nurse Practitioner. She wasn't the most friendly, but the exam went okay. That was until I asked about wanting to discuss the possibility of having another baby. The NP looked at me shocked and said, "We can't help women like you." What the heck? Women "like me"?!
I imagine she meant that since I was 40, it would require some special considerations and the possible assistance of a fertility specialist, but she could have selected her words more carefully and with less annoyance. To make matters worse, I had a nurse call me afterwards and say, "I was told that you need to see someone for infertility." WHAT? Who says I'm infertile already? Geez. I turned 40 and the assumption at Partners is that I'm a dried up, infertile, desperate woman, I guess. Needless to say, I expressed my offense to the wording and will be seeing a different OBGYN clinic. I think they need a little sensitivity training!
Sorry, I had a terrible experience... – I went to Partners for my first pregnancy 3 years ago. For the first 7 months, they were great. I saw several of the doctors and it was very convenient. My concern with this clinic came when I began having difficulties. At 32 weeks, I had pre-term labor. I was in agony and had no idea what was happening. If I had known then what I know now, I would have gone straight to the hospital. My cramps and contractions started around 9:00 AM. I called the clinic at 12:30 and was in sheer agony at this point. They made me an appointment for 3:30 that afternoon. I wasn't told to rush in or go to the hospital. They thought I should continue to dialate and have contractions for 3 hours. My husband picked me up from work at 1:00 because even my boss knew I was in pre-term labor based on my symptoms. We debated if we should wait for the appointment but instead chose to go straight to the clinic (arriving about 1:45) to see if they could get me in sooner. By the time I got there, I could barely walk and was doubled-over in pain. They proceeded to make me wait in the waiting room for 45 minutes while I was practically crying and moaning from the agony. They finally sent me to a room but let me wait another 30 minutes before my doctor saw me. (Dr. Conley). Dr. Conley took one look at me, saw that I was over 3 cm dialated and sent me to the hospital.
That alone was the worst experience of my life. Maybe it's common to let a woman who is only 32 weeks sit and have violent contractions for 6 - 7 hours rather than sending her to the hospital or even freeing up a few minutes on the schedule to see her immediately. However, it is by far the worst treatment I have gotten in my life.
After that, I continued to have problems. They never managed to record on my charts that I had had pre-term labor or that I was on bed-rest. After my child's birth, they didn't manage to update my chart with the date of delivery. If they can't keep track of these types of important facts, how can you trust them to give you the best medical advice?
I have two friends who had completely normal pregnancies and neither had a problem with Partners. But it seemed to me that as soon as I had an emergency situation and moved into the high risk category, I could not rely on Partners for my medical needs.
I do want to clarify that I do not specifically blame Dr. Conley as I don't know if the front office ever updated her on my condition. However, it should have been obvious to those working in the reception area that I had an emergency situation that should be dealt with sooner rather than later. I believe my husband went up to the front desk at least 3 or 4 times to try to get them to let me see a doctor and they chose to let me sit there while I was doubled-over in pain. At the least, they could have advised us to go to the hospital.
Best Doctors – I would recommend Partners OBGYN to any woman, young or old. All the doctors & staff there are absolutely wonderful. The entire staff consists of women. Each doctor is friendly & I feel very comfortable speaking with any of them. Who knows our bodies better? If you have a problem and need a call back they are very quick to respond day or night. All of the women in my family see a physician at this clinic.
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